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Which Chemical Peel Treatment is Best for Your Skin?

When it comes to rejuvenating your skin and making it look younger than ever before, nothing can quite top chemical peel treatments in terms of ease and effectivity. Plus, despite the fact that the word ‘chemical’ has a lot of negative connotations to it, chemical peels are actually completely safe.

However, there are a few considerations that you should think about before booking a makeover deal with a bundled chemical peel treatment. To make sure that the chemical peel with bring out your skin’s best qualities, you need to get to know your options better. Here are some of the most common chemical peel treatments offered by dermatological clinics and beauty centers:

Glycolic Peel. This particular type of chemical peel involves glycolic acid, which is obtained from sugarcane plants. Glycolic acid has a very small molecular size, and as such can really penetrate deep into the skin, making this particular chemical peel great for exfoliation and rejuvenation. Depending on the result you desire, you may want to ask for a glycolic peel that is gentler or a bit more intense than usual.
Lactic Peel. The chemicals used in lactic peel treatment are derived from milk, making it perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. If you’re the type to easily get skin allergies or have adverse reactions to active ingredients, the lactic chemical peel treatment should be the peel for you.
Vitalize Peel. This chemical peel treatment involves the use of citric, lactic, and salicylic acids – along with the help of a retinol layer – to improve the quality and lighten the color of your skin. This only affects the uppermost part of your skin and results in very little peeling, making it a great ‘beginner peel’ treatment for those who may have not undertaken any chemical peels in the past.
Beta Peel. Beta peel chemical treatments are used mainly to treat serious cases of acne in children and adults. Its main component, salicylic acid, exfoliates the skin and helps with oil control while also targeting the bacteria that cause acne.
Pigment Balancing Peel. This chemical peel treatment focuses on lightening the pigmentation of the skin for a more consistent skin tone and to eliminate dark or brown spots. Those who choose to undertake this particular peel must be aware that the results may take some time to truly be realized. It also requires the patient to use sunscreen to achieve the desired effect.
Mandelic Peel. This is another type of peel that is advisable for those who have yet to experience a chemical peel treatment, due to its use of gentler but still effective chemical components. It’s also advisable for those with skin conditions such as rosacea, or with dark-colored skin.
TCA Peel. This is a medium strength chemical peel treatment designed to target multiple skin conditions such as extreme skin discoloration and actinic keratosis. The trichloroacetic acid component used in this particular peelmakes it great for removing abnormal skin cells.

Now that we know some of the more common types of peels there are, how do you know which one is the best for you? While you can certainly do your own research and consult your fellow skincare enthusiasts, nothing beats a consultation with a licensed professional dermatologist or skin care expert to help you pick out the right one for you. Before booking a chemical peel treatment, let the professionals know what your goals for your skin are and if you have skin conditions that need to be addressed. Remember, this is your skin we’re talking about – there shouldn’t be any guesswork involved when it comes to taking care of it.

6 Winter Makeup Tips

Winter is upon us, and that means different things for many of us depending on where we live. However, overall it typically equates to cooler outdoor temperatures and indoor heat so it’s best to be ready for the changes this will bring. And while we need to moisturize and hydrate more to combat the evils of dry skin, our makeup will need to change as well.

Don’t worry if you’re watching your pennies, as these aren’t huge changes by any means … but changes nonetheless. Need some cold weather inspiration? Read on for six winter makeup tips that will keep you glowing during these colder months without opting for permanent make-up.

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  1. Go Lighter with Your Foundation

Even if you were diligent with your sunscreen over the summer, you likely had at least a hint of a tan. In fact, you probably had to go darker with your foundation because of it. Unless you plan on vacationing to tropical areas all winter long (lucky you!), it’s time to go back to a shade that’s a better match to your natural skin tone.

  1. Fixing Fun with Correctors

No one’s skin is flawless (even you, Kate Beckinsale) but our flaws tend to become more apparent during the winter. This is probably because we don’t have the benefit of hiding behind the aforementioned tan. Don’t fret, though, as a good corrector can do the trick. Hiding dark spots, blemishes, and other imperfections, a palette with various shades of correctors is a makeup artist’s favorite tool. Not only will this corrector conceal your flaws but it will also brighten the skin during the winter months.

  1. Bring on the Bronzer and/or Self-Tanner

If you’ve got Nicole Kidman-esque porcelain skin, go ahead and rock that all winter long. The rest of us often need a bit of help to look as though we haven’t actually died without anyone knowing. Most everyone looks good with color, so work with a makeup artist at your favorite cosmetics store to find a bronzer or self-tanner that will give you a sun-kissed look without getting orange in the process.

  1. Get Festive with Blush and Highlighter

Many women assume they can’t pull off highlighter, but everyone can and should! Again, if you’re not confident in your ability to apply this fun kind of cosmetic to your face, ask a makeup artist for help. Combined with just the right amount of blush, this can be a magical look. While a powder highlighter would be fine, a liquid one would be even better for winter. And if you’re going to a holiday or New Year’s Eve party, you might even consider choosing one with a bit of shimmer. Have some fun!

  1. Beware of Pores

We want to avoid doing our makeup in such a way that our pores becoming visibly obvious. What will help with that is a good primer, as this helps makeup to avoid going into the cracks and pores. This will also help to avoid highlighting wrinkles, so it’s a win/win. You also want to stay away from anything too powdery during the winter and stick to dewy products due to dry skin.

As celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose says via Allure magazine, “Powder can make fair skin look duller.” Instead, he says to go with a moisturizing cream that’s one shade warmer than your own skin tone.

  1. Keep Those Lips Luscious

We all have friends who are lipstick addicts but the harsh truth is that, if your lips are prone to cracking during the winter, lipstick is only going to highlight this. You can opt for a moisturizing lipstick or stick with a tinted lip balm. The latter is handy for that time under the mistletoe during the holiday season.

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The winter months can be harsh on our skin so we need to give it a good base by getting plenty of rest, keeping up with our cleansing routine, and perhaps even giving a bit more TLC with hydrating masks. But beyond that—if you follow these makeup tips during these colder months—you will have that glowing, dewy skin many assume you can only get during the summer months.

Taking Care of my Skin with Biotulin

One of the knock-on effects of me being overweight is that I’ve made less effort in other ways with my appearance. I think it’s an issue with confidence and self-esteem, but because I’ve had a lot of self-loathing about my weight, it means that I feel like it’s just not worth making the effort to make myself look nice. On the flipside of this, now that I AM taking care of myself, it’s given me a little more of an interest in making myself look more presentable.

One thing that I am worried about with losing weight is loose skin, not just on my tummy (inevitable after two large pregnancies resulting in c-sections, as well as my weight) but also my face. I’ve seen SO many celebs who are large their whole lives, lose a bunch of weight but suddenly look ten years older because the chub had been giving them a bit of a “baby face” effect. Once the fat melts away, there’s nothing pushing the wrinkles out anymore!! Anyway, the crux of all this is that I’ve been researching skincare recently, trying to find something effective but affordable, and I think I’ve found it.

Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel is actually used by the Duchess Kate Middleton, and was also a recommendation that she shared with Michelle Obama, both of whom have incredible skin! The gel is basically like a non-injectable, organic botox which firms and tightens the face. It contains a natural local anesthetic extracted from the plant Acmella oleracea, which promises to reduce muscle contractions and relax the facial features around the eyes and between the eyebrows. This promises to reduce fine lines and make the skin noticeably smoother.

Michelle’s make-up artist, Carl Ray, says “Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton”, while Michelle herself said “It’s really pretty basic. I wash my face with a good cleanser, and I use a moisturizer with an SPF. Every now and then I’ll go to a dermatologist for microderm or a facial, but I don’t have time to do that all the time.”

The best thing about this miracle product is that it only costs £43 per bottle, making it affordable for even us mere mortals, unlike a lot of the other high-end products on the market – I’m going to make sure that this is well and truly at the top of my birthday list in June! Knowing that I’ll be able to use something to firm my face as the weight melts off is a real bonus because weight loss isn’t always as simple as being fat at the beginning and slim at the end, especially as you get older.

If it’s good enough for Michelle Obama, it’s definitely good for me!

You Beauty!

Everyone wants to look their best, whether it’s just for day to day life, or you have a special occasion coming up like Valentine’s day. But along with all the stresses of being a mom,  it can be hard to find the time to devote to our beauty regimens. Does this sound familiar? Do you find yourself smothering on some lipstick in between burping the baby, and doing the hoovering? Then read on for some tips that will help you look great.

Take that makeup off

One of the best, small things you can do to look your best at all time is to take your makeup off. I know you probably thought that it’s better to put it on!

But actually, it’s great to have a day, or two where you don’t wear makeup so your skin can breathe. That will help it from getting blemished, and that grey pallor!

Of course, you have to make sure you remove your makeup at the end of the day too. Use micellar water for this is gentle and effective!

Get dressed in the morning

Something else that is going to help any busy mum look good, and feel better is to get dressed in the morning. I know that it is so tempting to stay in your comfies all day long. They are warm and cosy, and you hardly have a minute to yourself, but getting dressed can make all the difference.

It makes you feel like you are part of the real world, and that you have made an effort. It also makes going out anywhere a lot more likely so it can help you from living a hermit-like existence when the baby is small.

Your smile is golden

Another great tip for looking and feeling better is to smile more. The act of smiling actually produces endorphins, even if you don’t feel that happy! Plus smiling people always look better than grumpy ones!

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But is there something that is holding you back from smiling, like broken or uneven teeth? Then it can be useful to speak to a professional about treatments like invisible teeth straightening. Things like this can help you have a great smile all of the time, so you look happy and healthy, even if someone does catch you without your makeup on!

Mascara is your friend

Taking of makeup, if you are under the impression that its full face or nothing, you need to have a rethink. So often, if its choice of applying a full face of makeup and just not bothering, we go for the latter.

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But make it a little easier on yourself, especially if you only have limited time in which to do these things. Instead use a BB cream which is moisturising, evening and SPF protecting all in one. Finish this off with a little mascara to accentuate the eyes, and you will look like a fresh faced and natural version of your best self.

Treat yourself

Something else that is super important when you are living a hectic life is to find some time, to treat yourself to a spa treatment or facial, on occasion. This can help keep your skin in the best condition, so you look amazing. For a super skin boost, chose one with collagen included. This will help plump the skin, making it look younger and firmer.

Taking some time out to have a spa treatment or two, like a mud wrap or Swedish massage, will also provide a rare moment of ‘me time.’  Which can in itself be refreshing and revitalising. Making your look and feel much better.

Why not make a mini break of it and stay overnight? Then you can relax by the pool, chill in the hot tub, and treat yourself to a well-deserved meal in the evening. You could even take your other half if you were feeling super nice!

Contour Dejour

For those special occasions you may want to put a little effort in, so why not try contouring. I know you’ve probably been scared stiff by all of those long tutorials on the internet! Those ones where you have to put on different shades, and layers, and blend, and set them all individually! But it doesn’t actually need to be that complicated.

Instead invest in a contour stick, with a light colour on one side and shade on the other. Then simply draw in the contours and highlights following these simple patterns. Then blend and finish with your normal powder.

It’s easy, it makes you look amazing, and it doesn’t take five hours to get right! What more could you want?

Beauty Fads I’m Not On Board With

I’ve been thinking lately that I need to start making a bit more effort with my appearance. My day-to-day look is very low-maintenance, usually because I’m just in and out of the car taking Sausage to school, doing the shopping and all of the other things that the average 30-something Mum of two does on a daily basis. I chuck a bit of make-up on but that’s about it, but lately I’ve been noticing that beauty has gone to a whole new level and suddenly we’re all obsessed with eyebrows and strobing! There are, however, several beauty trends that I WILL NOT get on-board with and I thought I’d share a few of them here:

Waist Training

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When I first saw this, I genuinely thought it was a joke. For those of you not in the know, waist training involves wearing increasingly tight corsets in order to “train” your waist to be smaller, and is championed by the Kardashians, amongst others. The fact is, it’s absolute bollocks and simply doesn’t train anything, but it probably does have a terrible impact on your internal organs and ability to, you know, breathe or efficiently digest food.

Anal Bleaching

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I know, I’m a little shocked even at myself for mentioning anal bleaching, but it’s one of those things which has inexplicably gone from ‘weird, niche thing for porn stars’ to ‘thing that supposedly normal people are doing’. Never in my life have I seen a bumhole that I thought needed a coating of Domestos, but apparently it’s all the rage. Find out more with this anal bleaching guide

Pointy Nails

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Let me say right here, I actually LOVE the look of a pointy manicure (not the scary, mega-long ones though!) and I’m insanely jealous of anyone who rocks this look, but I just cannot cope with long nails, no matter how hard I try. I’ve tried having regular fake nails, not even pointy ones and I find it impossible to type, use my phone, put tights on, wipe my arse and just about anything else that requires me to be tactile, and adding a point on the end would basically render me useless.

Are there any beauty trends that you find absolutely crazy? Or are you a huge fan of pointy nails and whitened bottoms? I’d love to hear your opinion on this so do leave me a comment below.

In-Home Gadgets to Help with Beauty & Wellbeing

Baby, it’s cold outside, but being stuck indoors needn’t be a chore! Whatever the weather and whatever the season, there are now gadgets galore to help you feel better. When it comes to looking after ourselves in the home, we Brits are a little behind some of our European counterparts, many of whom have long relied on additional home installations to keep them at their peak. With this in mind, today we’re taking a little look at products you can purchase to enhance your wellbeing, all within your own four walls.

Helpful Humidifiers

Humidifiers are gadgets that make the air in your house or apartment a bit more people-friendly. Just to avoid confusion; they are not those contraptions that stop damp taking hold when you’re drying clothes indoors! The purpose of a humidifier is to restore the moisture balance in the air. Making the air in your home ‘‘wetter’ may seem like an odd mission when it’s pouring with rain outdoors most of the time. However, modern building techniques mean that our airways and skin face a bit of an obstacle course whenever we transition from outside, in.  

Small flats and apartments in particular can suffer ventilation and humidity issues. Moving from cold and wet to warm and dry areas therefore contributes to many common winter beauty complaints. Dry cracked lips, flaky skin and even nosebleeds are exacerbated by movement between the cold outdoors to our warm, centrally-heated homes. During the colder months, we – and our beauty and health – are at the mercy of this barrage of changes.

Beauty experts have long recommend switching up your skincare routine when the dark nights descend. It’s not uncommon for us girls to have preferred winter cleansers and moisturisers that are more hydrating than our favourite summer products. They are the tools that see us through the deep dark winter until spring arrives to brighten up our complexions. A humidifier is another weapon you may consider adding to your beauty arsenal. As an added bonus, humidifiers can in some cases help with snoring too. This is of course excellent news if your other half sounds like a growling bear when they sleep! Want to know where to start, here’s a helpful round up of the best humidifier models around.

Lovely Lights

Not all light therapy products meet the standards required to treat seasonal affective disorder nor do you need to have SAD to consider introducing a little light therapy into your home. Using light boxes with UV lights has been found to help those suffering with SAD, which is associated with the reduced amount of sunshine we are exposed to in winter. Special SAD busting light products can prove effective for some sufferers, particularly when used in the morning.

Light therapy can enhance your home in so many other ways too. You could consider purchasing a dawn simulator alarm clock to ease you into the day more gently. Use of different coloured lighting can also have a positive impact on your mood, helping you to relax or to feel more refreshed. With this in mind, could you use lights a little more creatively to set the scene for relaxation? Using LEDs to create a night sky is a popular bedroom DIY hack that can also be used in your bathroom. The sensory impact of light is also combined with water in sensory showers, though investing in this kind of home improvement will be a little harder on your wallet.

Heavenly Hot Tubs

Who doesn’t love sitting back in a hot tub and sipping a glass of fizz? There’s a reason the best day spas usually have a hot tub and that’s because they’re great at helping us to wind down and relax, which is an essential part of looking after ourselves. Hot tubs for the home have come down in price in recent years and there are now many temporary models that can be put up and down when not in use. If a hot tub is your ultimate home pamper product, you should be aware that they are not cheap things to run. Taking a regular time out after work in your own personal tub could amount to some serious hydrotherapy hours though. Along with helping you de-stress, time spent in the bubbles is associated with better circulation, which can cause problems in winter months. If you hit the gym or have an on-going muscle complaint a hot tub could help ease your pain, with water jets supplying soothing massage. Just remember that hot tubs are not recommended for use by pregnant women because they raise your temperature.

Do you have a beauty or wellbeing gadget you can’t live without? And would you consider indulging in some at home humidifying or light or hydro therapy to make the winter months more bearable?

Shopkins Beauty Treats (review)

If you’ve got kids, especially girls between the age of about 3 and goodness knows what, you’ve probably been acquainted with the craze that is Shopkins. These little collectables come in hundreds of shapes, from cakes to shoes to fridge freezers to lipstick, and each has a cute little name like “Lammy Lamington” and “Rhonda Ring”. Sausage, being a fairly typical 8 year old girl, is absolutely bonkers about them and has been collecting them for a while, and because BB is never one to let herself be left out, she’s even started her own little collection too. So when H&A got in touch and asked if we’d like to review the new Shopkins Beauty Treats, I knew I couldn’t say no.

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We were sent a set of stick-on earrings, a nail set, some Shopkins false nails, a set of lip glosses and a set of lip balms, all of which featured the usual distinctive Shopkins characters and branding. Because Sausage is at that in-betweeny age (still occasionally wants to play with toys but is developing an interest in make-up and other girly things) all of these bits felt like a really natural progression of her interests.

In terms of quality, I was actually really impressed. The lip gloss was a little gloopy but the colours were very  subtle, which meant she could wear them without getting that “child in a beauty pageant” effect that I hate. The lip balms were also really nice, with fruity scents and a very faint shimmer. Sausage already has her ears pierced so she didn’t have space on her lobes for the stick on earrings but, TOP TIP, they also make really cool nail stickers if your little one wants a Shopkins manicure!

The nail files were really cute and Sausage felt very grown up being able to do her own nails (and I didn’t feel like I was letting her be TOO grown up). The only minor downside was that the false nails didn’t stick very well, so although they were fun to apply there was no real lasting power. I suppose if you were really determined to get them to stay on you could try different nail stickers or even nail glue, but I wasn’t keen on putting that stuff on Sausage’s young hands.

I know it seems like a cardinal sin to mention the “C” word at this time of year, but I actually think all of the Shopkins Beauty Treats would make really excellent stocking fillers at Christmas; everything is priced below the £10-ish mark and there are other items in the range too, like eye masks and perfumes, which I just know Sausage would love.

Most of the range is available at Claire’s Accessories as well as LOADS of other Shopkins related stuff and we’d definitely recommend them for any Shopkins fan.

8 Steps To Luscious Lips

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Attaining the perfect pout can be a challenge. However, with the right tools and products, you can learn how to get luscious lips. Once you have mastered the basics, you’ll feel more confident trying out different types of lipstick knowing it will last longer and look better.

  1. Exfoliate. You can make you own lip scrub at home by mixing sugar and olive oil. Gently massage it onto your lips for a few minutes and voila – super soft lips that are ready to go.
  1. Moisturise. Applying lipstick to dry lips can be disastrous. It can look flaky and will wear off quickly. However, this can be avoided by moisturizing them before applying lipstick. Use your favorite lip balm or some coconut oil and get you lips feeling sexy.
  1. Use concealer. If you are applying a matte lipstick and want to get the exact color, then applying concealer first will help you. It creates a blank canvas so the color will really pop. This works great with bold shades and helps your lips stand out. It can also be used after application if you make any mistakes or the color bleeds outside the line.
  1. Line up. You should always use a lip liner to get the best look for your lipstick or gloss. It creates a sharp outline and makes your lips look fuller and more luscious. Find a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick, and line your lips with it. After you have done this, fill in the rest of your lip with the same liner pencil. This helps the lipstick last longer and also adds to the intense look.

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  1. Don’t rub your lips together. As tempting as it can be to do this, it can have a terrible effect on matte lipstick. A lip brush can be a great way to spread the color more evenly and help to avoid the texture problems that can be caused by rubbing your lips. You can also use a piece of good quality tissue to help blot away any excess lipstick.
  1. Don’t be afraid of color. Now you know how to prepare your lips; you can play around with different colors and textures. You could buy lip gloss or try a sheer lipstick for a change. There are even products that come with a clear topcoat to lock your lipstick color in so it won’t fade during wear.
  1. Avoid heavy eyes with a bold lip. You want the focus to be on your mouth, so keep the rest of your makeup neutral and muted. A great look can be a simple slick of mascara and some barely-there blush which make your lips stand out even more.
  1. Finally, invest in some good quality products to make the whole process easier. Lip brushes and balms are worth splashing out on so you can let your lips do the talking.

Does Your Husband Have A Beauty Regime Of Their Own? Here’s How It Should Look

Women these days have such varied skincare and beauty regimes. They can vary from the specific morning and nighttime rituals. Right through to using different products at different times of the year. Men, on the other hand, are a little more basic when it comes to things like this. Which, in fairness, I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. However, you will also find that some men don’t take as much care of their appearance as they should. Which is why I thought it would be a great idea to highlight how a basic beauty regime should look for a man.

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Do they use a facial wash?

I would be surprised to hear that a man doesn’t wash his face, even just with water. It’s a great way of waking yourself up in the morning and getting all the sleep out of your eyes. But just like a woman would, it’s a good idea to include a facial wash in this part of the routine. It can cleanse the skin leaving it feeling fresh for the day. Men can suffer from spots and skin problems to, and may find that they have varying skin types from oily sections to dryness patches. Just like we would, it’s essential to find the right product for them and then sticking to it.

Is there any hair maintenance that needs to take place

Hair maintenance is something that will be different for each and every man. Some will need to shave every day as they like a clean look. Others may have something more commonly known as “designer stubble” which needs more maintenance than it let’s on, and the right shaving tools – electricshaversuk.co.uk. Then you have the men that grow their beards. All of which require care and time to perfect the look that man is going for. It’s hard to find razors and beard trimmers that can cut the time down. But once a routine is established you will find your man will get this sorted in no time. Another thing to consider would be a shaving gel and an aftershave balm to cut down irritation after shaving.

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Moisturising is just as important for a man as it is for a woman

Skin is skin. But why is it that some women take more care of it than some men? It’s the same thing, requiring different levels of attention and needs. Which is why moisturising is just as important for a man as it is for a woman. While some men don’t need to go to the same lengths as some women do, a good light moisturiser will keep their skin hydrated. Again this is something to consider if you find that the skin in question has any oily tendencies or dry patches.

Don’t forget to finish off the look

Finally, once all that maintenance is taken care of, which isn’t drastic, then it’s time to finish off the look. This could be with a bit of restyling of the hair and apply some gel or spray. Or just making sure that all hair maintenance is taken care of, and they look ready for the day.

It’s not as complex, or as lengthy as some beauty regimes. But a basic foundation to taking care of your skin and overall look. I hope it helps you encourage the man in your life to consider how they start their days.

 

Hospital Beauty Essentials

The title of this post may seem like a total oxymoron; ‘beauty’ is really the last thing on my mind at the moment, but by pure chance I happen to have packed a few things in my bag which have, unknowingly, been an absolute godsend over the past two days.

I’m really the LAST person to take beauty advice from – my lack of regime is a laughable combination of apathy, forgetfulness and lack of time, but sometimes being in hospital, and so far out of your comfort zone, requires a bit of extra effort.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

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I don’t know if its all hospitals, or just the one I’m in, but the ward is ridiculously warm. I’m a proper chilly-arse and I slept (albeit for only 2 hours last night) without a single cover over me. The upshot  of this is that the atmosphere can be very drying and the first place which suffers is my lips. I adore Burt’s Bees, with its slightly menthol tang and honey-infused softness and I’ve been applying it liberally to stop cracked lips.

Boots No. 7 Cream Cleanser

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I actually have pretty complicated skin which dries out in places if I use anything too harsh, but can be prone to spots if I use nothing at all and No. 7 Cream Cleanser seems to be a happy medium. Its moisturising enough to be soothing on this dry ward and still leaves me feeling clean and revitalised.

Hair Bands and Bobby Pins

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My poor husband despairs of my love affair with the humble bobby pin, as I do tend to leave a liberal scattering in my wake where ever I go, which means painful stepping incidents and even an expensive Dyson-damaging occurrence. However, bringing clips and hair bands to hospital is an absolute must if you have medium or long hair as, even if you wear it down 99% of the time, there are bound to be times when you want all of your hair off of your face and neck. Pack spares just in case; even if you don’t use them they’re handy to have.

Moisturiser

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A general purpose moisturiser that you can use on your hands and body is super handy to have, as you’ll probably be washing your hands a lot more and using that super-drying alcohol gel on them about 20 times a day. Be prepared and you won’t end up with cracks and dryness.

Toothpaste

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This may sound like a no-brainer, but lots of people forget their toothpaste. Also, if you’re on nil-by-mouth, often your tongue will feel like the inside of a parrots cage and being able to brush your teeth with something minty and zingy can make you feel 100% more human.

Baby Wipes

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Obviously, most wards have a dedicated bath or shower for patients, but if you’re hooked up to a drip or other machine for more than 24 hours, you might simply not have the opportunity for a proper wash. Never underestimate the power of the ‘Festival Shower’ – a thorough going over of all your bits and pits with a cool baby wipe can really help you to feel better and I often find that a simple thing like being clean and smelling fresher can speed up recovery and give you a mental boost when you’re poorly